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Read what students from different countries of the world on the lessons of literature?

Что читают школьники разных стран мира на уроках литературы?

“War and peace”, “Woe from wit”, “Eugene Onegin” — these names are familiar to the brand all graduates of Russian schools. Someone may even be able to continue the course with the unforgettable line “My uncle the most fair rules…”.

And that quote students from other countries?


In France, as in most other countries, a separate subject “Literature” is not — students read the lessons of the native language. The school program itself, too, there is a recommended list of literature, and the choice of particular works is given at the mercy schools, teachers or children themselves. French classics read mandatory, for example the following books:

“Les Miserables” By Victor Hugo

“The imaginary invalid” by Jean-Baptiste Moliere

“Germinal” Emile Zola

“The little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Madame Bovary” By Gustave Flaubert

United States Of America

In the United States, as in France, there is no single school curriculum in literature, however, some names familiar to every American student. The five most popular books include:

“To kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee

“The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” By Mark TWAIN

“Lord of the flies” by William Golding

“The Great Gatsby” By Francis Scott Fitzgerald

“The scarlet letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne


In the United Kingdom with a school program in literature, it’s simple: it is based on the works of English classics. As well as English classics has long been firmly part of the classics world, a list of recommended British students, for any reading person would look very, very familiar. Here it is:

“Great expectations” by Charles Dickens

“Pride and prejudice” Jane Austen

“Of mice and men” by John Steinbeck

“Frankenstein” Mary Shelley

“Jane Eyre” By Charlotte Bronte

“Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone JK Rowling


Unlike peers from many other countries, Dutch students are not too bother reading classical literature. Recommended reading list by more than half consists of books on modern European and Dutch authors. Here are a few examples from the list:

“Twilight” By Stephenie Meyer

“The hunger games” by Suzanne Collins

“Second chance” Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (by the way, this book shot the super popular film “1+1: the untouchables”)

“The refuge. Diary in letters Anne Frank

“Praise of folly” by Erasmus of Rotterdam


In Germany, the issues of literary education students are settled in every Federal state. But common items in the lists of recommended literature, of course, and it is primarily the works of German authors and the classics of world literature, as, for example, these books:

“Nathan The Wise” Provided By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“Faust” By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“On the Western front” by Erich Maria Remarque

“The old man and the sea” Ernest Hemingway

“The Metamorphosis” By Franz Kafka


The first and main text that needs to know absolutely all Turkish students, is the national anthem. In schools of the Turkish Republic it is sung every day before the start of classes and is printed in many textbooks. The lessons do students learn primarily with their native literature and literature of the neighbouring countries. So, Turkish students read:

the fairy tale “Asly and Kerem”

the jokes of Nasreddin Hodja

poetry Sofa

“The book of the traveller Evliya çelebi

“The bridge on the Drina” by Ivo Andric

“The white steamer” by Chingiz Aitmatov


The basis of Chinese literature are 4 of the classic novel that should be read by all students of China, as well as little familiar to the Russian reader genres like drama yuan, Tang poetry, historical Chronicles, dynastic history, and more. Here are some examples of recommended for reading books:

“Judgments and conversations” Confucius

classic novels “three kingdoms”, “Dream of red mansions”, “water margin” and “journey to the West”

Tang poetry (the most famous writers — Li Bai, Du Fu, and Bo Tsuji)

“How the steel was tempered” by Nikolai Ostrovsky


Latin America gave the world the wonderful genre of magical realism and a whole galaxy of brilliant authors who knows and loves the whole world. That Latin American writers and make up a large part of the list of literature, which Colombian children are reading in school. In higher grades foreign classics. That’s a must for every Columbia student book:

“One hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Humble hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa

“Hopscotch” by Julio Cortazar

the poetry of Pablo Neruda

“Don Quixote” By Miguel De Cervantes

South Africa

The historical relationship of Africa with the Netherlands was reflected in the way you teach literature: South African students don’t read classics. Focuses on books by contemporary authors, both African and American, European, Australian, etc. In the list of literature obligatory for the final state exam include:

“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare

“Lord of the flies” by William Golding

“To kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee

“Nothing but the truth by Edward Irving Wortis

“Grain of wheat” Ngugi BA thiongo

“The secret life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

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